12 Jul 2013 @ 8:53 AM 

 

A Dad completes IronMan with paraplegic Son.

 

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 18 Mar 2013 @ 10:01 AM 

Don't Lose Focus on Your Mission

 

Today I'm going to let you in to what has been happening in my life. I don't want your sympathy. What I do want is for you to take a look at your life and to see that no matter what problems and challenges you are facing that there can always be something learned and shared to help others.

As many of you know I have a rare hereditary Blood disease by the name of Erythropoietic Protoporphyria (EPP) or Protoporphyria. My body has a toxicity reaction to light.  I used to have problems with the sun until this last year. Now I also have problems with Indoor lighting. Including a 60 watt bulb. Because of these changes I have had to resign from 2 jobs. One of which I have had for almost 14 years.  

I now live my life inside a dimly lit room. I have gone through a time of hard acceptance of these new changes. I have questioned God about why. I went through a spell of deep depression just before Christmas. I have struggled with finding a Dr. that will treat me for my Porphyria. A while back I realized that know matter how bad things are that God is in control and He has a plan for my life. I decided to trust Him once again. I realized that some how God would use me to help others. The following experience reminded me of this.

This weekend I had an individual that has Porphyria reach out to me. We have had talks about what he is going through and I was able to share with this individual how I have been dealing with my Porphyria. They shared with me that this is something they have been struggling with. Their faith in God was damaged years ago. I'm not sure what God is going to do with this experience. I do know that there was a seed planted and a relationship that has opened a door of support for this individual and myself.

The point is that through all the hard times I've been facing and the limited lifestyle I now have I still have a mission and am not "useless". 

I truly believe that no matter your circumstances God has a plan for you too. Keep your heart, ears and mind open as to how you can reach out to others. You will be surprised at how giving will fill your tank and replenish your soul.

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Last Edit: 13 Nov 2013 @ 05:57 PM

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 04 Mar 2012 @ 2:54 PM 
Sometimes in Life things can seem overwhelming. The loss of a Job, the loss of loved ones, Finances, Relationships. Many times these things tend to happen all at once, and quite frankly it can become a heavy burden on us.   So How does one keep from getting discouraged and overwhelmed during lifes challanges?   Without going into detail I can tell you that many times in my Life it has seemed like everything was going wrong, and it felt as if so many things were out of  Control.   Here are some of things I do when I begin to get overwhelmed. First of all  I remind myself that ultimately God is in Control.  And I ask myself  a few simple questions:  
  • "Is there something I should be doing differently?"  
  • "Am I doing the things that God would want me to do?"    
  • "What can I do today to help my situation?" 
Realizing that I can only do what I can for that day is my best tool. Keeping myself from thinking about the "what ifs" is also very important for me, I have found this to be one of my weaknesses. Being aware of it has helped me keep myself accountable.   We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Being aware of what yours are can help you to stay on tract. I recommend having a support person and/or Team that you can confide in and draw strength, wisdom and accountability from.  Do Not allow fear or shame to keep you from reaching out to others! This is a Scripture that I refer to when I get in those times that Life seems to be throwing all fast balls at me.   Matthew 6:25-34 NIV  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?   “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.   If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.   Know that you are loved and that these things are only temporary, and please if you feel overwhelmed reach out to a Friend, a Counselor, a Pastor or any kind of Support Group. 
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Last Edit: 05 Mar 2012 @ 05:42 AM

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 29 Jan 2012 @ 5:31 PM 
  To have a Joy filled Spirit doesn't mean We won't experience times with negative emotions.  To stay Positive during all circumstances is a choice. Once we make that choice we have to have a plan in place for when those hard times and negative emotions in life come up.  My plan consists of Prayer, Scriptures and the support of people that I trust, and I know they will be supportive and positive. To draw strength from someone else during those times is not a sign of weakness, but rather it's a sign of wisdom and courage to admit that we can't fore go it alone. No one should ever have to go through bad or good times alone. So Please be prepared show courage and strength reach out and ask for help!   And be sure to be there for someone else in there time of need.  Live, Love, and be Well!    Isaiah 41:10 NKJV Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  Philippians 4:13 NKJV I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  
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Last Edit: 04 Nov 2012 @ 05:36 PM

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 23 Dec 2011 @ 4:43 AM 

I Have been asked many times how I keep a Positive Attitude.

In thinking about this I realized that I have a joy filled spirit that allows me to look at the positive side of all my circumstances.

As an example in the picture above I see the blue skies and beautiful clouds, and not the storm that they are in.

My Hope is that others can be inspired by my writing about my Insights during some of my circumstances.

Thank You for showing interest in my site and I look forward to talking to you all soon.

Merry Christmas!!!

 
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